MONTREAL IMPACT 1-1 CHICAGO FIRE
A crowd of close to 60,000 saw Davy Arnaud score Montreal’s first ever MLS goal and earn them their first point in the competition.
After Patrick Nyarko had twice gone close for the fire in the opening 15 minutes, captain Arnaud arrived late in the box to head home an inch-perfect Sanna Nyassi cross just before the hour.
Dominic Oduro levelled things up when he turned in a hopeful ball into the six-yard box from Sebastian Grazzini and debutant goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi kept Frank Klopas’ side on level terms with a save from Nyassi at his near post.
Josh Gardner almost snatched a fairytale win for Jesse Marsch’s men in the fifth minute of stoppage time but his speculative 35-yard drive pinged back off the post with Tornaghi beaten.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS 3-1 TORONTO FC
David Estrada announced himself to Seattle fans with a hat-trick in a routine win over Toronto FC
The opener came on 17 minutes after Milos Kocic spilled a low Alvaro Fernandez cross and the Mexican-born forward made space to fire low into the net.
He slotted home a second from another Fernandez pass early in the second half, and only a desperate saving tackle from Richard Eckersley prevented Sounders captain Mauro Rosales from making it three.
Ryan Johnson scored the pick of the goals for the visitors just after the hour mark, carrying the ball down the right before cutting inside and curling a sumptuous strike in off the far post from 25 yards
But any hope they had was extinguished a minute later as Estrada played a one-two with Fernandez and emphatically blasted a low shot in at the near post.
FC DALLAS 1-1 PORTLAND TIMBERS
Panamanian striker Blas Lopez opened his Dallas account but it wasn’t enough to edge an even contest in Texas.
Perez reacted quickest when Troy Perkins could only parry a low driven effort from youngster Bryan Leyva, but only the width of a post prevented the Timbers from going into the break level after Lovel Palmer rose well to meet a curling Jack Jewsbury free-kick.
Nagbe, a half-time substitute for Jorge Perlaza, collecting an horrific Daniel Hernandez clearance to roll the ball past Kevin Hartman.
Kris Boyd scored in the opening-day win over Philadelphia and looked hungry for goals once more, forcing two strong saves from Hartman as the half wore on, but in the end the draw was fair to both sides.
SPORTING KANSAS CITY 3-0 NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
An early red card for Stephen McCarthy set New England on the way to a heavy defeat, their second reversal of the campaign after falling to San Jose last week.
Centre-back McCarthy was the last man when he dragged back CJ Sapong but the forward was some distance from goal and Revs coach Jay Heaps may feel hard done by at the decision.
The man advantage allowed Sporting’s full-backs to get forward and Seth Sinovic did so to great effect for the opener, swinging in a deep cross which Kei Kamara fired back across goal for Graham Zusi to scramble in from on the deck.
Former Revs man Sinovic had a hand in the second as well, combining well with Bobby Convey to find Kamara, who fired home at the second attempt after Matt Reis blocked his first effort.
Sapong made it three from another Sinovic delivery, and should have added another but fired wide after rounding Reis, while Chance Myers’ late header smacked against the bar as the hosts completed a resounding victory.
CHIVAS USA 0-1 VANCOUVER WHITECAPS
Jay DeMerit’s first Vancouver goal was enough to earn Martin Rennie’s side back-to-back wins after the opening-day triumph over Montreal.
Joe Cannon was the busier of the two goalkeepers early on, twice denying Ryan Smith and athletically tipping over a Casey Townsend curler, but he was forced off injured late in the first half to give Brad Knighton his Whitecaps debut.
Chivas carried less of a threat going forward after the break, and when David Chiumiento swung in a 68th-minute corner captain DeMerit was on hand to plant a diving header into the bottom corner and give his side their first ever away win in Major League Soccer.
REAL SALT LAKE 2-0 NEW YORK RED BULLS
New York’s defensive frailties were on evidence for a second successive week, with Hans Backe’s side succumbing to RSL after falling to Dallas on matchday one.
Rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara needed to be alert to deny Paulo Junior on 35 minutes, but was helpless shortly after as the Brazilian’s ball from deep put Fabian Espindola in the clear to drill between Meara’s legs for the opener.
Sebastian Velazquez, who scored as Jason Kreis’ side won in LA last week, helped create the second with a run which wasn’t picked up by the Red Bulls defence. Meara smothered Espindola’s effort but the ball dropped for Luis Gil to fire into the unguarded net.
Thierry Henry came closest to reviving the visitors’ hopes with an improvised bicycle kick which dropped just wide, before Meara prevented a third when his kick-save kept out a deflected Javi Morales cross.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 0-1 HOUSTON DYNAMO
A moment of madness from Jon Busch handed a second successive away victory to Houston following their late triumph over Chivas USA in week one.
Chris Wondolowski threatened early, hitting the post from a near-impossible angle, before Busch gifted the Dynamo a penalty by clattering into Bryan Ching and Brad Davis scored from the spot.
A hectic minute’s play around the hour could have seen either team score. First Tally Hall kept out a powerful Wondolowski effort, then the visitors broke well and after Busch failed to claim a high ball Will Bruin’s low shot was deflected wide by the goalkeeper.
San Jose had their own claims for a penalty in stoppage time after Wondolowski’s free-kick hit the hand of Adam Moffat in the wall, but referee Chris Penso waved away the claims.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY 3-1 DC UNITED (Sunday)
Robbie Keane struck twice as LA recovered well from an opening-day defeat against Real Salt Lake.
Dwayne De Rosario came close to catching out Josh Saunders from 50 yards while David Beckham twice threatened from range, but it was Keane who struck first on the stroke of half-time after Todd Dunivant’s unselfish header across goal gave him a simple tap-in.
The Irishman lashed home a second after determined work in midfield from Landon Donovan and Brazilian midfielder headed in number three from a Beckham cross five minutes from time.
However there was still time for Nick DeLeon to find a consolation, collecting a pass from Marcelo Saragosa and curling in off the far post.
PHILADELPHIA UNION 1-2 COLORADO RAPIDS (Sunday)
Philadelphia were masters of their downfall for a second week running as they succumbed to a narrow defeat against 10-man Colorado.
Lionard Pajoy and Danny Mwanga both threatened in the first half before Zac MacMath handed the visitors a 56th-minute lead when he dropped a cross at the feet of Jaime Castrillon who couldn’t help but score his first Rapids goal.
Jeff Larentowicz saw red for a late and dangerous tackle on Keon Daniel, but just after the hour rookie Tony Cascio capitalised on a slip from Chris Albright to race clear and slam home the visitors’ second.
Roger Torres was brought on as a sub for the hosts and his delivery was nodded home by Pajoy to halve the deficit, and Michael Farfan came close to an equaliser when his lob beat Matt Pickens but came back off the crossbar, but in the end Piotr Nowak’s side ran out of time.
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